Great LP name alert - Only the Sun is Full of Gold comes from psychedelic, electronic geezer Cankun. The instrumental music on this LP is ever changing throughout the one track, taking you from dark landscapes of fuzzy guitar reverb, and into the bright and wonderful land of happy beats and laughing windchimes. It’s something new with every listen.
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- Only The Sun Is Full Of Gold by Cankun
8/10 Robin Staff review, 30 April 2015
Cankun’s created electronic fogs for Not Not Fun in the past, going after that hazy, freefalling drone pop hype with debut ‘Jaguar Dance’ -- now he’s got a new one for Hands in the Dark, a full-length of estranged but melodic collage called ‘Only the Sun Is Full of Gold’. If it proves one thing, it’s that Cankun isn’t interested in being confined by ambient music; others wear it like a seatbelt, but he treats it like a bungee harness, diving and dabbling into whatever terrain takes his fancy.
‘Only the Sun is Full of Gold’ mixes instrumentation on guitar and drums with electronically processed sounds that either add blissful textural subtext or have pulsating, rhythmic motivations -- sometimes these sounds switch roles and transform, as with “Cuts”, which flicks its beat around as field sounds and synth notes shuffle around for life before eventually being unleashed. On “Words”, there are hints of Animal Collective’s backwards stomp and Blood Orange’s smooth chillwave, the rhythms interlocking with the riffs for a piece of pop so repetitive you forget anything else exists. As if jolting us back into the hypno-rock, the flipside offers a bassline of similar sturdiness in “Moyit”.
What Cankun does is kind of mind-boggling, if I may determine his music with a total cliche of a phrase; it has the constancy and business of an Expo 70 record, but it also reminds me of Jonas Munk, who can ruminate on one idea for up to fifteen minutes. I’m left thinking that patience is a virtue, but not for long.
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